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Euphrates


This was a major stretch of water, nearly fifty miles long and in some places thirty miles wide, set on a flat, verdant plain between the Euphrates and the Tigris, south of Tikrit.
Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  the western of the two great rivers that surrounded Mesopotamia; beginning in modern day Turkey and flowing along the borders of Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq until it empties into the Persian Gulf
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Strongly Associated with:   The Tigris
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The river used to divide into many channels at Basra, forming an extensive marshland, but the marshes were largely drained by the Saddam Hussein government in the 1990s as a means of driving out the rebellious Marsh Arabs. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the drainage policy has been reversed.

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  • This was a major stretch of water, nearly fifty miles long and in some places thirty miles wide, set on a flat, verdant plain between the Euphrates and the Tigris, south of Tikrit.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It is a mixture of excellent opium, which I fetched myself from Canton in order to have it pure, and the best hashish which grows in the East—that is, between the Tigris and the Euphrates.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It starts from the banks of the Euphrates where the heroes make their sacrifice to the Sun God, and from there a six days’ journey brings them to the Cedar Mountain.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • With these came they who, from the bordering flood Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts Egypt from Syrian ground, had general names Of Baalim and Ashtaroth—those male, These feminine.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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  • Set adrift in a basket of bulrushes on the waters of the Euphrates, he was discovered by Akki the husbandman, whom he was brought up to serve as gardener.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He had allies from Ambage, Arrage, Alisandrie, Inde, Hermonie, Euphrates, Affrike, Europe the Large, Ertaine, Elamie, Arabie, Egypt, Damaske, Damiete, Cayer, Capadoce, Tarce, Turkey, Pounce, Pampoille, Surrie and Galacie, beside others from Greece, Cyprus, Macedone, Calabre, Cateland, Portingale, and many thousands of Spaniards.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And forthwith sent old wise knights unto these countries following: first to Ambage and Arrage, to Alexandria, to India, to Armenia, whereas the river of Euphrates runneth into Asia, to Africa, and Europe the Large, to Ertayne and Elamye, to Araby, Egypt, and to Damascus, to Damietta and Cayer, to Cappadocia, to Tarsus, Turkey, Pontus and Pamphylia, to Syria and Galatia.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Labienus,— This is stiff news,—hath, with his Parthian force, Extended Asia from Euphrates; His conquering banner shook from Syria To Lydia and to Ionia; Whilst,— ANTONY.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • And forthwith sent old wise knights unto these countries following: first to Ambage and Arrage, to Alexandria, to India, to Armenia, whereas the river of Euphrates runneth into Asia, to Africa, and Europe the Large, to Ertayne and Elamye, to Araby, Egypt, and to Damascus, to Damietta and Cayer, to Cappadocia, to Tarsus, Turkey, Pontus and Pamphylia, to Syria and Galatia.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • The ambition of something special and outstanding I have always had is only a boast that distorts this knowledge from its origin, which is the oldest knowledge, older than the Euphrates, older than the Ganges.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March

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  • Cues of men with lunch-boxes clumped toward the immensity of new factories, sheets of glass and hollow tile, glittering shops where five thousand men worked beneath one roof, pouring out the honest wares that would be sold up the Euphrates and across the veldt.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • And the fourth river is Euphrates.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • As you may be aware, Sumer existed on the floodplain between two major rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Its feet are well covered by sands tossed from the Euphrates, there to lie, for the mountain is a wall to the pasture-lands of Moab and Ammon on the west—lands which else had been of the desert a part.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • And here the tam’d Euphrates humbly glides, And there the Rhine submits her swelling tides, And proud Araxes, whom no bridge could bind; The Danes’ unconquer’d offspring march behind, And Morini, the last of humankind.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • And the other beast is a fish which is not right great, and haunteth the flood of Euphrates; and that fish is called Ertanax, and his bones be of such a manner of kind that who that handleth them shall have so much will that he shall never be weary, and he shall not think on joy nor sorrow that he hath had but only that thing that he beholdeth before him.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • NASIRIYA IS A CITY ON THE EUPHRATES RIVER IN southern Iraq, about 125 miles northwest of Kuwait.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • You thoughtful Armenian pondering by some stream of the Euphrates! you peering amid the ruins of Nineveh! you ascending mount Ararat!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Besides the city itself, the Marines took Jalibah Airfield, several bridges over the Euphrates, and highways and towns that secured the passage to Baghdad during the early stages of the war.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The bridge spanned the Euphrates, which flowed in an inverted V just south of my position.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Our sector was over by the Euphrates, on the western side of the town.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • My platoon had been sent to Camp Ramadi, a U.S. base along the Euphrates River outside the city.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The Marine assault would sweep across the tracks, driving down and into an area from the Euphrates to a highway at the eastern end of the city, marked by a cloverleaf.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Cooling airs from Caucasus far, soothing cradle of man, The river Euphrates flowing, the past lit up again.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Then they washed their hands in Euphrates, they embraced each other and went away.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The river along whose banks we used to walk, Weeps for you, Ula of Elam and dear Euphrates Where once we drew water for the water-skins.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • They uncovered the sacred dwellings of the Anunnaki and while Gilgamesh felled the first of the trees of the forest Enkidu cleared their roots as far as the banks of Euphrates.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Euphrates and the Habbaniyah canal bounded the city on the north and west; there was one bridge on either side near the northwestern tip.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • THE STORY OF THE FLOOD ’You know the city Shurrupak, it stands on the banks of Euphrates?
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In every black tent down to the Akaba and to the ocean, and across to the Euphrates, and beyond to the sea of the Scythians, the renown of my Mira and her children will go; and they who sing of them will magnify me, and forget that I am in the wane of life; and all the spears now masterless will come to me, and my sword-hands multiply past counting.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • And the other beast is a fish which is not right great, and haunteth the flood of Euphrates; and that fish is called Ertanax, and his bones be of such a manner of kind that who that handleth them shall have so much will that he shall never be weary, and he shall not think on joy nor sorrow that he hath had but only that thing that he beholdeth before him.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Thus will this latter, as the former world, Still tend from bad to worse; till God at last, Wearied with their iniquities, withdraw His presence from among them, and avert His holy eyes; resolving from thenceforth To leave them to their own polluted ways; And one peculiar nation to select From all the rest, of whom to be invoked, A nation from one faithful man to spring: Him on this side Euphrates yet residing, Bred up in idol-worship: O, that men (Canst thou believe?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
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